Sunland Park – More than 300 people gathered along the U.S. side of a border fence that separates the far southern New Mexico community of Sunland Park from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to show solidarity with the Mexican city that has been ravaged by drug-related violence.
About 150 people gathered on the Mexican side of the border as well.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Saturday's demonstrators were calling for an end to the violence that cost the lives of more than 3,100 people in Juarez and surrounding areas last year.
More than 34,600 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began a campaign against drug cartels starting in 2007.
An El Paso, Texas, priest, the Rev. Arturo Banuelas, urged the U.S. crowd to let Juarez know of its support.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com
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